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School of motoring in Anglesey, Driving instructor in Anglesey

Wyn Owen,

Benllech, Ynys Mon

 Qualified trainer

since 2002

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The Safety Check Questions

(Also known as ‘Show me, Tell me’)

 About the questions -  Background     

As from September 2003, the DSA introduced the safety check questions as part of the practical car test. They have become known as the “Show me Tell me” questions as there is one “Show me” question and one “Tell me” question.


They are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use.

The questions were revised on 4th December, 2017 and the format changed to:

One ‘tell me’ question, where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task, at the start of your test, before you start driving


One ‘show me’ question where you show how you’d carry out a safety task whilst driving.

Although some checks may involve the candidate in opening the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, pupils will not be asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.

Both must be answered correctly to avoid receiving a negative mark by the examiner!


The ‘Tell me’ questions (before you start driving)

Q1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

(They are referring to the foot brake here!)

Explain that you would press the foot brake as the car starts to move and you would expect:

Q2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and then how tyre pressures should be checked.

Explain (1) that they can be found in the Owner’s manual

(also inside driver’s door pillar on Suzuki Swift SZ-L)

How do you check the pressures in the tyres?

Explain (2) that when tyres are cold, you would use a tyre pressure gauge to check the pressures.

You then explain that if need be you would adjust pressures with an air line at a garage or an air pump at home.

Q3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.  

Show me Tell me

Q4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

Explain that you would look to make sure:



(across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.)

Checking your tyre tread: How a spare 20p could save your life

Q5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

(Headlights are at the front of the car and tail lights are red lights at the back)

Explain you’d operate the switch (no need to turn on ignition on Swift), then explain that you would walk around vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Q6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Explain that warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Q7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain that you’d operate the hazard warning switch, and then walk round vehicle to make sure that all indicator lights are working

(as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

Q8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain that you’d press the brake pedal, making use of reflections in windows or doors and so on or ask someone to help, to confirm that the brake lights are all working.

Q9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

Explain that turning the steering wheel just before starting the engine should feel heavy.

Once the engine is started the steering should become light which would confirm that power assistance is functioning.

If it does not become easier to turn it needs to be inspected by an authorised technician.

Q10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain(1) that you would turn on the headlights and fog-lights on the stalk to the left of the steering which will cause a warning light to be displayed on the dash and light up an intense red light behind the car.

Explain(2) that you would only turn it on if visibility becomes less than 100 metres (for any reason - not just fog!)

Q11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Explain how you would switch on the headlights on the stalk to the left of the steering wheel.

Explain that a blue light appears on the dash when the main beam is on.

Q12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil. (See annexe for opening bonnet)

Point to dipstick, and Explain that you would lift it out and wipe off excess oil from it.

You now dip it back into the engine, then lift it out again and explain that the oil needs to show within the low and high marks. Top up as necessary.

(Extra information:Too much oil will be burned and expelled into the atmosphere.

Too little will result in engine over-heating which will cause severe damage to the components)

Q13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Q14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against Max and Min markings.

The ‘Show me’ questions (whilst driving)

“When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you”



The ‘Show-me-Tell-me’ questions